When my axe handle broke I really didn’t want to buy a new one, so I decided to make one my self. I found a nice dogwood branch, which to most people’s surprise is the strongest wood there is,and I got to work shaping and whittling the handle. Then I sanded it to make it smooth. I don’t know if I will treat the wood with oil after it has dried as not everyone is agreed on that method.
I made the mistake of making the end that the axe head slides onto a bit too small. If not properly taken care of this will result in a loose axe head. But with lots of wedges, nails, and other things I made it nice and tight
Perhaps even more makeshift than the head attachment is the sheath. This was made with duct tape and an old sock, and works quite nice.
After all this hard work I wanted to protect my handle, so I made a paracord wrap that will help the handle to withstand any direct blows.
Now I have a quality axe that will hopefully last a lifetime!